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02 March 2011

The role of a Migration Agent

As a Buyers Agent, we often work in partnership with Migration Agents. Despite the fact that both of us provide help to migrants, our roles are completely different.

When talking to people migrating to Australia, we are often asked about migration policy. Although we can talk about life in Australia and help potential migrants with property-related issues, any migration advice should come from a registered Migration Agent. Approx 27% of Migration Agents hold legal practising certificates, due to the nature of migration advice the role of a Migration Agent.

Despite this service becoming more popular (see table below), approximately half of all visa applicants choose to do it themselves or rely on advice from websites, family and friends.

Number of registered migration agents over the last 2 years

Recently, I was asked how many people use a Migration Agent and for which categories of visa. Department of Immigration and Citizenship publish quarterly reports and I've included the last available report from to illustrate which categories tend to rely on the services of a Migration Agent.

Proportion of applications lodged by registered migration agents

For a more detailed breakdown of the July - Sept 2010 quarter figures (by individual categories of visa subclass), follow this link.

If you know of someone struggling to find a good Migration Agent, we'd be only too happy to help. Picking a credible Migration Agent is tricky and an important decision. It's often useful to get a recommendation from someone who can attest to an agent's performance and offer greater confidence they will perform well.

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vermogensbeheer said...

I once knew a migration agent whose really perform his duties properly. I and my family were supposed to migrate to Canada. He had produced us fake documents which make a reason for us not to go. I was very disappointed with that. We paid him for his efforts but he doesn't pay back good result on us. To all migration agent, please do your responsibilities very well.

admin said...

Yes, I agree they should treat their responsibility very carefully and your experience sounded awful. The Australian government department (Dept of Immigration and Citizenship) also publishes complaint statistics and sanctions against Migration Agents in Australia. Most complaints related to the agent's incompetence (62% in last reported quarter) and they do seem to have some teeth when it comes to dealing with poorly behaving agents.

admin said...

Here's a link to these statistics (and more):

Anonymous said...

i feel it is always to approach a migration agent for lodging any kind of visa or residency applications.

Jhon Staphen said...

Migration visas actively encourage workers from a wide variety of skill groups to emigrate to Australia.
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Addison Conroy said...

At first glance Registered migration agents may seem unenchanting, however its study is a necessity for any one wishing to intellectually advance beyond their childhood. While it is becoming a hot topic for debate, several of todays most brilliant minds seem incapable of recognising its increasing relevance to understanding future generations. Crossing many cultural barriers it still draws remarks such as 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole' and 'i'd rather eat wasps' from the upper echelons of progressive service sector organisations, whom I can say no more about due to legal restrictions.

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